Health Care

Whitmer: Goal is to replace all Benton Harbor lead service lines in 18 mos.

BY: - October 14, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed an executive directive aimed at coordinating her administration’s efforts on safe drinking water for Benton Harbor. Whitmer said the state is committed to expediting lead service line replacements using additional federal, state and local resources, with the goal of replacing 100% of lead service lines in Benton Harbor in 18 months. That comes after Benton Harbor received […]

With a new health equity project, Michigan doctors aren’t just writing prescriptions

BY: - October 14, 2021

By the time a patient is referred to the Greater Flint Health Coalition, a doctor or another health care professional has identified there’s something more than just their physical health that’s endangering the person’s health. It may be they don’t regularly have access to transportation to get to their medical appointments, or there’s not enough […]

Michigan reports 8,671 new COVID-19 cases, 110 deaths since Monday

BY: - October 13, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 1,073,228 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,459 have died from the virus — an additional 8,671 cases and 110 deaths since Monday. The new numbers combine Monday’s and Tuesday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 4,335 […]

We’re losing our humanity, and the pandemic is to blame

BY: - October 13, 2021

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. Kurt Thigpen clenched his hands around the edge of the table because if he couldn’t feel the sharp edges digging into his palms, he would have to think about how hard his […]

COMMENTARY

Column: As U.S. independence rang, a sweeping lockdown and mass inoculations fought off smallpox

BY: - October 13, 2021

Many Americans of the founding era denounced government tyranny, celebrated the Declaration of Independence – and favored lockdowns and mass inoculations to combat a viciously contagious disease. Unchecked, smallpox kills more than one in 10 of its victims, leaving many of the rest blind, disfigured and sometimes sterile. Many historians say the reason George Washington […]

Republicans parrot conspiracies at Trump-endorsed Michigan rally for so-called election ‘audit’

BY: - October 12, 2021

Updated, 4:46 p.m., 10/13/21, 8:36 a.m., 10/15/21, with comment from Benson At the urging of former President Donald Trump, a crowd of about 400 supporters flocked to the Michigan Capitol steps Tuesday to spend the cloudy afternoon demanding a “transparent forensic audit” of the 2020 presidential election that the one-term GOP president lost. GOP activists […]

State reports 83 new school COVID outbreaks in last week

BY: - October 11, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Monday that a total of 1,064,557 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,349 have died from the virus — an additional 9,137 cases and 36 deaths since Friday. The new numbers combine Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Monday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Michigan could become Texas on abortion rights

BY: - October 9, 2021

In one year, abortion could be illegal in Michigan.  A recently released report adds Michigan to the growing list of “red alert” states – states where abortion could quickly become illegal if Roe v. Wade is struck down by the Supreme Court. Also on that list: Texas, where a blatantly unconstitutional law is back in […]

Michigan reports 8,409 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday

BY: - October 8, 2021

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Friday that a total of 1,055,420 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 21,313 have died from the virus — an additional 8,409 cases and 82 deaths since Wednesday. The new numbers combine Thursday and Friday’s recorded cases and deaths, with an average of 4,205 […]

Feds OK Michigan COVID relief plan for K-12 schools, releasing $1.2B in funds

BY: - October 8, 2021

Michigan’s plan for spending federal COVID-19 relief money on K-12 schools got the approval Friday from the U.S. Department of Education — which will unlock a final $1.2 billion in funding. “I am excited to announce approval of Michigan’s plan,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “It is heartening to see, reflected in these […]

COMMENTARY

Column: Biden visit, data and voices underscore need for action on ‘Build Back Better’

BY: - October 8, 2021

Every Michigander deserves a fair shot at opportunity and prosperity. But for too long, many families — particularly people of color and those families with low incomes — have struggled to make ends meet despite their best efforts to provide for their families.  President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan would make a historic investment […]

GOP lawmakers slam federal probe into threats against school board members

BY: - October 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans on Thursday objected to a move by the Justice Department to investigate violent threats made against local school board members and teachers, arguing that the federal agency is “policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents.” “Violence and true threats of violence should have no place in our civic discourse, but […]